Lisbon. A melodrama

Leopoldo Brizuela

NOVEL. ALFAGUARA / ALIANZA, 2010. 724 PAGES.

Lisbon, 1942. Portugal is about to enter the war. An arrival of cereal destined for the hungry of the city is expected, but the Argentine consul has decided to donate the entire shipment to the Cozhina Israelita, to whom he is openly committed despite the neutrality of his country. The same night that the ship arrives, a bomb explodes aboard the ocean liner Boa Esperanza just before setting sail, leaving the city’s refugees without any possibility of leaving the country for an indeterminate amount of time. Who is behind the attack? Will the consul be able to step in and save the desperate refugees stranded in Lisbon? Set in the world of the tango and the fado, its cast of characters includes such artistic luminaries as Enrique Santos Discépolo and Tania and Amalia Rodríguez. Lisbon: a melodrama is a melodrama which, despite its homage to forties cinema, is decidedly modern in conception and execution.

'Lisbon. A melodrama' is SUHRKAMP/INSEL's headline book in Germany for Autumn 2010, with a first print run of 30,000 copies.

 

PUBLISHED BY: Latin America ALFAGUARA | Spain ALIANZA | Germany SUHRKAMP | Portugal DOM QUIXOTE

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